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Why laughter in the lab can help your science
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:41:27 AM »

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The lab is sometimes a silly place — and perhaps it should be. A group that behaves in daft ways from time to time tends to be one that is positive, results-oriented and successful, says Michael Kerr, a business speaker in Canmore, Canada, who focuses on humour in the workplace. Jokes and pranks can serve as signs of a healthy workplace, and provide ways to foster trust and good communication among staff, Kerr says.

A 2012 meta-review of studies on humour in the workplace found that it is linked with strong employee performance, effective stress-coping mechanisms and sturdy group cohesiveness.

Continues here (Nature)

Yes, let's go to Camelot, even though it is a silly place. :grin:

I found this interesting article on jokes and humour in the laboratory environment, and decided to start another thread so as to not derail the Women in science and technology discussion.
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Re: Why laughter in the lab can help your science
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2018, 08:22:58 AM »
Yup, I reckon humour and play is stimulating and creative at its best and, if safe, wholly appropriate for creative people in a creative environment!

I have often heard it said that there is an innocent but intense curiosity in children that is lost as the realities of the mundane world put a damper on it. Perhaps creative people never fully "grow up"?  A sense of humour is no barrier to genius:


Even Einstein had a dry sense of humour publicly, maybe more flippant privately.
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Re: Why laughter in the lab can help your science
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2018, 01:09:39 PM »
^ :lol: That's a good Stephan Hawking compilation, Dave!

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Re: Why laughter in the lab can help your science
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2018, 02:26:52 PM »
Seems Hawkin was also well known for his "chairobatics",  spinning it round in corridors and "dancing" etc. Wiuld probably have done wheelies if it was capable!
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Re: Why laughter in the lab can help your science
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2018, 02:42:36 PM »
I think it's great that he had a sense of humour given his life must have not have been particularly easy.
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